Hot bathing suit styles for 2012

Whether you’re shopping for a spring-break getaway or simply prepping for summer’s eventual arrival, swimsuit season is back. And this year, there are loads of exciting style trends that will have you feeling sexy and confident from the moment you hit the beach.

Best swimwear

Bustiers

This season is focused on showing off curves more than ever before. 2012 is all about flaunting that hourglass figure and nothing helps you accomplish that goal quite like a sturdy bra. But since you can’t wear your favourite LaSenza or Victoria’s Secret undergarments to the beach, many designers are coming out with stunning bustiers that are perfect for swim time. Support is being built into everything from halter bikinis to strapless one-pieces, so you are sure to get that extra little bit of lift that will make you feel sexy all vacation long.

Thick straps

No more string bikinis this year! As we mentioned, this season is about curves and those weakly attached triangles do nothing to help in the cleavage department. Fortunately, thick straps are here to provide support and give your girls the comfort and lift they so desperately need while swimming or strolling along the beach. Whether it’s a one-piece, halter or two-strap, go for the stylish security of wide straps.

Prints

Prints of all kinds will really be in this season. Floral, tribal, animal — the’re all fair game! And don’t be afraid to choose bold colours. Because a swimsuit involves less fabric, it is incredibly unlikely that it will look too busy, as a maxi-dress might. So, go for that bright pink and orange bikini that catches your eye — because this season is your chance to shine!

Decorations

It isn’t all about the fabric and the cut this time around. The little things can make all the difference. Make your swimwear collection more fun with pieces that are adorned with distinctive bows, buckles, lace pieces and ruffles. Those teeny additions can kick a simple bathing suit up a notch and turn it into a sexy, playful eye-catcher.

Cut-outs

You don’t have to bare all in order to feel sexy this season. Well placed cut-outs are a great option that leave that little bit of mystery. Cut-outs on the front, back or sides are perfectly good; but some designers are even opting for smaller peek-a-boos on the belly, lower back or near the sternum, so you can feel totally covered and sexy at the same time.

And always remember — no matter which styles happen to be in, it’s confidence that wins the day. If you feel comfortable and sexy, you could wear an oversized T-shirt and look darn good doing it. So find the style trends that speak to you and rock them all season long!

More on swimwear

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